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Postby rockyrock » Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:16 am

I operate a high end dry cleaning business and have Brioni's and Canali's come across my counter daily. Those are for the 1%'ers though ;)

More important than where you buy it is the fabric content. If you only wear a suit once or twice a year you can get away with a blended (wool/poly) fabric suit and save yourself a few bucks. If you plan to wear it on a regular basis then pure wool is the only way to go. With proper care a good wool suit will last you for years. In fact the first (wool) suit I bought was a Dillard's store brand in 2000 for <$400 and I still use it today.

How you care for your suit will determine how long it lasts and how good it looks. Don't take your suit to the cheapest cleaners around, they will probably press the heck out of it and make it all shiny. Look on yelp or ask your local tailor to recommend a good dry cleaner.

You don't need to spend a lot, you can often find a great deal at Ross, TJMax, or even a thrift or consignment store. I wear a 31x35 pant so I almost always have to special order mine.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:13 am

Great tips on cleaning.

I'd also like to add, as with shoes, don't wear your suits daily. You need to have a rotation. Try and give them a few days to air out.

Use good hangers don't use the cheap disposable wire ones. That will ruin your suit.


rockyrock wrote:I operate a high end dry cleaning business and have Brioni's and Canali's come across my counter daily. Those are for the 1%'ers though ;)

More important than where you buy it is the fabric content. If you only wear a suit once or twice a year you can get away with a blended (wool/poly) fabric suit and save yourself a few bucks. If you plan to wear it on a regular basis then pure wool is the only way to go. With proper care a good wool suit will last you for years. In fact the first (wool) suit I bought was a Dillard's store brand in 2000 for <$400 and I still use it today.

How you care for your suit will determine how long it lasts and how good it looks. Don't take your suit to the cheapest cleaners around, they will probably press the heck out of it and make it all shiny. Look on yelp or ask your local tailor to recommend a good dry cleaner.

You don't need to spend a lot, you can often find a great deal at Ross, TJMax, or even a thrift or consignment store. I wear a 31x35 pant so I almost always have to special order mine.
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Postby JoDa » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:43 am

I'm a lady, so I have no helpful buying recommendations, but if you have a suit that fits well (regardless of the fabric) and you find yourself in Asia, go get it copied in whatever fabric you want by a tailor. I *bought* three nice suits, but have a dozen, most of which are copies of the three purchased suits in nice fabrics. I have my favorite suit in a gray pinstripe (the original purchase) and black pinstripe, solid gray, and solid black (copies).
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Postby jlam572 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:27 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Bespoke.

Custom fit is best and IMO trumps a designer house label unless the designer does you a bespoke suit.


Agreed. I prefer Ermenegildo Zegna. Here in Hawaii we don't usually wear suits...in fact, its kinda weird to see someone wearing one. I only have one. I usually just wear dress shirts or aloha shirts to work.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:22 pm

swipe_masta wrote:I second this, sorta. I like a little edge to my style even when I am dressing up and Bar III has some nice stuff, but it is really hit/miss especially with fit. Express is ok. Banana Republic is ok too. What's great about BR is that when you have their card and become luxe (spending $800/yr) they offer free basic alterations. Lucky for me, they have a tailor on staff at my location and so I get free basic alterations, but also a great deal on more advanced alterations.

I am a 42R when it comes to blazers, so I can usually buy off the racks. Do you usually go for suits or are you ok with just sport coat/blazer?

Off topic, but since when did suit separates become so popular? I remember when buying suits meant pants came with the blazer lol.


I buy shirts from Express, but not suits. I agree that suit separates are strange. I never buy them, ever.

Interesting note about BR, I would look into it if I shopped their more. I find that they don't have the frequent sales like Express does.

I have purchased suits at S&K when they were going out of business. So, I got a good deal.

If I want a suit now, I will get at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, or the Goodwill in a nice area.

I'm a 44L. When I buy this size, the pants are normally ridiculously long. All of my suits have been to the tailor, except one. That one is on it's way.
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Postby mrow » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:17 pm

A vote for Brooks Brother's here. I even have a Brooks Brother's credit card that I signed up for when I was making a really large purchase because it took 15% off the price. Haven't used it since. Don't even know where it is.

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Postby samhradh » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:34 pm

Suit Supply. I worked in the custom/MTM menswear business and know it well. Without question, Suit Supply is offering the best value on the market right now. If you're willing to take the risk, Indochino and J. Hilburn have a decent value proposition. Brooks can be good on sale.

FIT is the most important thing. Even above fabric quality, IMO. Learn how a suit should fit and what your personal preferences are. For example: trousers with no/single/double break, shirt cuff showing 1/4" or 3/4", center or side vented jacket, etc.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:27 am

samhradh wrote:Suit Supply. I worked in the custom/MTM menswear business and know it well. Without question, Suit Supply is offering the best value on the market right now. If you're willing to take the risk, Indochino and J. Hilburn have a decent value proposition. Brooks can be good on sale.

FIT is the most important thing. Even above fabric quality, IMO. Learn how a suit should fit and what your personal preferences are. For example: trousers with no/single/double break, shirt cuff showing 1/4" or 3/4", center or side vented jacket, etc.


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Postby stillarook » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:27 pm

I'm a Brooks Brothers person myself, although I never buy them at full retail, mostly during sales. I was lucky enough to be learn that quality trumps quantity, and think of clothes as more of an investment than a fleeting fashion. I have shorter arms and a slim waist that even modern cuts look a bit bulky on me, so I get stuff tailored often. I figured that if I'm going to pay the tailor, why not get something worth tailoring?

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Postby Rory » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:58 pm

NM in Boston has Armani Black label which is a personal favorite of mine when it comes time for me to splurge for a special event, its hard to stand out at lavish events without the proper attire. If you aren't willing to spend all your disposable income i would suggest going to a burberry flagship store. They can make a bespoke suit for you akin to any of the ones they sell off the rack for the same price if not lower. Prices still range from 900-1500 but if style and quality isn't what you're interested in investing in then why wear a suit at all?
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